there is outrage in New Jersey over Governor Christie’s decision to fly flags at half staff on government buildings in honor of Whitney Houston. I honestly cried when I heard Whitney Houston died and I like everyone else assumed that her death was related to her long struggle with addiction. How can anyone look at this tragedy and believe that Whitney Houston is some how less deserving of our sympathy and respect. If you read the article below you will see there is a poll attached. If you vote in the poll you will see the results.
Chris Christie criticized for Whitney Houston flag plan
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is under fire for his decision to fly flags on state government buildings at half-staff Saturday when Whitney Houston’s funeral takes place in Newark.
Critics on Twitter and in blogs argue that the flag tradition should be reserved for members of the military and that it’s wrong to honor a drug addict.
The governor said Wednesday that he rejects complaints that Houston “forfeited the good things that she did” because of her struggles with substance abuse, reports AP.
“What I would say to everybody is there but for the grace of God go I,” he said.
Bill O’Reilly, who has been outspoken about Houston’s death, said this morning on Today that he feels it’s right to lower the flags.
“Yes, I think we should respect the life and talent of Whitney Houston. I said a prayer when I heard she died. This isn’t a personal thing. This is a preventive thing. I want society and media to tell the truth about drug and alcohol addiction,” he explained. “Let’s stop exploiting it and start explaining it.”
I cried all over again. Whitney is someones mother, someones sister, someones lover how does her addiction forfeit all the good that she did? I am not just talking about the joy her music brought to people around the world…her charitable contributions were generous.
As her music career soared, so did her efforts to aid the less fortunate. She was dedicated to helping children, and in 1989 created the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children, a non-profit that helped kids with cancer and AIDS, and also taught self-empowerment. According to a profile of the singer by Oprah Winfrey, the Foundation was very successful throughout the 90s: “In June 1995, the foundation was awarded a VH1 Honor for its charitable work. Funds have been raised for numerous causes involving children around the world, from South Africa to Newark.”
Houston didn’t limit her charity to her own foundation; she was very active with other non-profits as well. She worked with the United Negro College Fund, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, and more. Her performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner” became a bona fide chart-topper in 1991, and she donated her royalties to the Red Cross. And according to Look To The Stars, in 1997, “the HBO Concert ‘Classic Whitney live from Washington DC’ raised over $300,000 for the Children’s Defense Fund.”
Addicts are not disposable…they are human beings and should be treated that way.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.